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Thứ Tư, 2 tháng 10, 2013


  1. Abstract 1 of 2 Original Research / Breast Imaging

    Axillary Lymph Node Biopsy in Newly Diagnosed Invasive Breast Cancer: Comparative Accuracy of Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy versus Core-Needle Biopsy

    Purpose: To compare the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonographically (US)-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) and core-needle biopsy (CNB) of the axillary lymph nodes (LNs) of patients with newly diagnosed invasive breast cancer.
    Materials and Methods: This prospective single-center study had institutional review board approval, and written informed consent was obtained. Between April 2011 and March 2012, 178 consecutive patients (182 axillae) were evaluated by using axillary US. Sixty-six axillae fulfilled the inclusion criteria (cortical thickness greater than 2 mm or abnormal morphologic characteristics), and patients with these axillae underwent US-guided axillary LN biopsy. Both FNAB and CNB were obtained from the same suspicious LN. Patients with biopsy-proved metastasis underwent axillary clearance, and those with a negative biopsy underwent sentinel LN biopsy with completion axillary clearance if needed. Diagnostic performance was calculated separately for US, FNAB, and CNB. Statistical differences in sensitivities were evaluated by using the McNemar test.
    Results: From the total study population, 45.6% (83 of 182 axillae) had metastases. A total of 66 axillae underwent both FNAB and CNB. The sensitivity for US was 61.4% (51 of 83 axillae), and specificity was 84.8% (84 of 88 axillae). The sensitivities for FNAB and CNB were 72.5% (37 of 51 axillae) and 88.2% (45 of 51 axillae), respectively (P = .008). Specificity for both was 100% (15 of 15 axillae). The negative predictive value for FNAB was 81.7%, and that for CNB was 91.2%. The positive predictive value was 100% for both methods.
    Conclusion: When accurate preoperative staging of the axilla is needed in patients with newly diagnosed invasive breast cancer, CNB is more sensitive than FNAB.
    © RSNA, 2013

  2. Abstract 2 of 2 Original Research / Ultrasonography

    Liver Fibrosis: Noninvasive Assessment with Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Elastography—Comparison with FibroScan M and XL Probes and FibroTest in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease

    Purpose: To compare the diagnostic performance of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography with that of FibroScan M and XL probes and FibroTest in the staging of fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease.
    Materials and Methods: This study received ethics approval, and all participants provided written informed consent. A total of 321 consecutive patients with chronic liver disease who underwent liver biopsy were prospectively enrolled from April 2010 to May 2012. Liver disease was caused by viral hepatitis (n = 136), alcoholic or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis disorders (n = 113), or some other disease (n = 72). In each patient, liver stiffness was evaluated with ARFI elastography, M and XL probes, and FibroTest within 1 month before liver biopsy. Histologic staging of liver fibrosis served as the reference standard.
    Results: Liver stiffness measurement failure rates were 11.2% with the M probe (36 of 321 patients), 2.3% with the XL probe (six of 260 patients), and 0% with ARFI elastography (0 of 321 patients). Unreliable results with ARFI elastography were more frequent in obese patients (those with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or more) (42 of 86 patients [48.8%] vs 34 of 235 patients [14.5%], P < .0001). No significant difference was found between ARFI elastography and the M probe in the diagnosis of cirrhosis (area under under the receiver operating characteristic curve [Az], 0.88 vs 0.91; P = .12) or severe fibrosis (Az, 0.85 vs 0.89; P = .15); however, the M probe demonstrated better results in the diagnosis of moderate fibrosis (Az, 0.81 vs 0.88; P = .008). No significant difference was found between ARFI elastography and the XL probe in the diagnosis of moderate fibrosis, severe fibrosis, or cirrhosis. The diagnostic performance of ARFI elastography improved when it was applied in nonobese patients (Az of ARFI for cirrhosis and severe fibrosis = 0.92 and 0.91, respectively, in nonobese patients [P = .0002] and 0.63 and 0.63, respectively, in obese patients [P < .0001]).
    Conclusion: ARFI elastography is reliable in the assessment of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease, especially nonobese patients.
    © RSNA, 2013

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